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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

No doubt an urban legend, but I like it.

I know it is one of those urban myths things that gets passed around as fact so that a bunch of gullible  people jump on the band wagon.  Not sure what it says about me that I have friends and family who foward this kind of stuff to me, but I did like this idea even if it didn't come from Mr. "Tax me More" Buffett, because I do believe members of Congress are more concerned about getting re-elected than representing our interests.

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:

"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just pass a  law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of  GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!  Why? Simple!   The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.
Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.  This is one idea that really should be passed around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2012
1.       No Tenure / No Pension.
2.       A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office. 
3.       Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
4.       All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
5.       Congress can purchase their own retirement plan,  just as all
Americans do.
6.       Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
7.       Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
8.       Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
9.       All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message.  Don't you think it's time?


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Change your life

If you want a life changing experience that your entire family
can benefit from, I highly recommend you look into
Camp Life
Thanks, Wray

Join us and bring a friend to the 
Dallas/Ft. Worth Camp LIFE 2013 Recruiting Party

Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m.

Hilton Dallas Park Cities
Main Ballroom
5954 Luther Lane

Camp LIFE is a powerful summer camp program through Family Legacy Missions International, created specifically to minister to the orphans and vulnerable children of Lusaka, Zambia.

Join our Family Legacy staff, Camp LIFE alumni, and new friends as we celebrate how the Lord is moving in the lives of thousands of Zambian children through the ministry of Camp LIFE.

We hope you will plan to be there and bring friends or family for a night of testimonies and information about this life-changing mission trip!

Please respond to Anne Ferguson at to let us know how many of your family members or friends will be coming.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Twitter musings

I have not blogged about Twitter in a while and actually had an interesting experience today that I wanted to share.  First some perspective.  I got on Twitter in 2009 and currently have a little over nine thousand followers.  If someone follows me, I will usually follow them back.  The exceptions are accounts that are obvious spam accounts or ones that seem to promote questionable content.  Even considering that screening criteria, you will probably find some spam and some questionable tweeters that I follow, because generally I just follow anyone that follows me.

Ok I get that Twitter started out as a tool for people to connect with their friends and family and share all their intimate episodes of their lives, but we all know it has been overrun with folks marketing.  With all due respect to the Twitte purist who would like to drag it back to its roots, marketing is why I am there.  You might also like to know that the first year I was on Twitter, I picked up 6 new clients who specifically found me on Twitter, so the marketing part of it does work.

Back to the following and being followed part.  I guess there are folks who judge the value of your Twitter account by the ratio of followers to people you follow.  If you have significantly more followers, it is supposed to indicate you are popular and maybe even stand a chance to monetize your Twitter account. Think Justin Bieber (I just checked and he has almost 27 million followers and he follows 123,000 people himself)  To me that seems natural and fair.  The ones I don't like are the folks that are trying to game the system.  They will follow you and then turn around and unfollow a day or so later and hope to get their follower count up.  I am pretty sure the 27M folks that follow Justin did so organically because they care desperately about everything he does.

The other folks are banking on the fact that most people will follow someone who follows them and also that most people will not take the time to unfollow people.  Not me.  I use a site called Friendorfollow all the time to find the folks who I follow that don't follow me back and I promptly unfollow them.  I know the very few people that I have consciously chosen to follow with no expectation that they will follow me back and everyone else better be listening to me if they want me to listen to them.

I am certainly not a purist about Twitter.  I use it to market my CPA practice, I am not that great about following what my friends and family post on there and I am certainly not going to lock my account, but for some reason it does bug me these folks that are trying to boost up their followers.  You can say that there are bigger problems in the world than Twittersnakes (what I call them) and I would agree, but they bug me for some reason.  Hey two months in a row now I have been selected as #1 of the top 100 accounting experts to follow on Twitter. (sorry had to work in a little self-promotion), so I think maybe I have good stuff to say on Twittter and people would benefit by listening in.

Anyway here is the point of my tale.  I joined a professional organization (I'm not saying which one) related to my accounting/tax profession.  It was a trial thing and I thought it might be beneficial.  I guess I would categorize my feelings about this group as lukewarm.  They have some good resources and while they don't give me particularly high value information and networking, I did think there was some value there.  Given that my trial membership expires the end of this month, I was on the fence if I should renew.

Then a few days ago, they follow me on Twitter.  It is such a small thing, but still you feel a little pride when a national professional organization that follows your own profession chooses to follow you, so it felt kind of nice.

Today I log onto FriendorFollow and guess what?  The professional organization, has un-followed me.  I go and look at their account and it would appear they are a bunch of Twittersnakes!  They seem to follow and then un-follow accounts and actually have about 22K followers and only follow about 3K.  Guess what, my opinion of them changed immediately .  They just lost the chance to get my renewal money over a tiny insignificant thing like un-following me on Twitter, but that is how it works when you sell something.

Are you doing anything that drives away customers or clients, maybe something you don't even consider important?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sorry about the plague

Once is a coincidence

I went for my morning walk this morning and a couple of blocks from my house a grasshopper jumps me.  He lands right in the middle of my chest and tries to hold on to my shirt.  Despite his having the advantage of surprise, I was still able to dispatch him easily.

Twice is suspicious

A few blocks later, I have recovered from the shock of the grasshopper incident and a cicada dive bombs right at my face.  I was only able to avoid a direct hit by ducking quickly at the last moment.

The third time it is a definite conspiracy

I was still able to finish my morning walk, but when I was about 2 blocks from my house another cicada takes off right in front of me and promptly files into a tree several yards ahead setting off a huge din of cicada chirping from what sounded like several hundred of his brethren. I decided the cautious choice was to divert my path and avoid the immediate area of the tree.

All of this happening the morning after my post about worms, where I happened to mention my less than cordial relationship with crickets, I realize that all of my attackers are close relatives to the cricket.  They have obviously taken offense to the disparaging remarks I made about their family.  So far I have been able to avoid any serious injury from these attacks, but it has been solo efforts by what I can only assume are fringe extremist from their community.  I do however fear if they ever decide to plan a coordinated assault in greater numbers.

I feel I need to apologize now if I have somehow triggered a new locust plague.  In my own defense, I was not even aware that crickets could read.